As I mentioned in my Pick of the Week, Daredevil #500, amongst the pinups by such artists as Geof Darrow, Joe Quesada, John Romita Sr., and David Mack was a pinup by an artist named Rafael Grampá. I can’t really put into words what my reaction to his art was like. It literally stopped the conversation I was having at my local comic book shoppe. Words fail me, so here, take a look:
And so I did some research on Mr. Grampa. Turns out he’s a Brazilian artist (like the great Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’). He’s already WON A FREAKING EISNER for his work on the anthology 5 (along with Moon, Ba’, Becky Cloonan and Vasilis Lolos). He was the artist on Hellblazer #250, and released a graphic novel called Mesmo Delivery (which is being reprinted by Dark Horse) AND THAT’S IT!
Someone needs to put this guy on a mainstream book RIGHT NOW. Don’t believe me? Well then look at this pinup of Madman I found on his blog:
Seriously, it’s art like this that reminds me how amazing comic art can be and how much I absolutely adore it. I can’t wait to get my hands on Mesmo Delivery and Furry Water.Rafael Grampá is indeed an artist we need to watch for…
(And before you tell me, I’m sure others have noticed his work before and I’m the last to the table — big deal. I’m here and ready for more art — bring it on!)